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Please find below a copy of the letter that I have emailed to all parents.

One of the books we have read this week in class is  'Silly Billy'. The book is about a boy called Billy who worries about everything, from shoes that might march out the window to giant birds that might carry him away. One night on a visit to Grandma's, Billy is so anxious that he can't sleep. But Grandma has just the thing for a boy like Billy — tiny, colorful worry dolls, made to do his worrying for him. That night when Billy puts the dolls under his pillow, he sleeps like a log.Worry Dolls are tiny, hand-crafted dolls from Guatemala. The indigenous people from the Highlands in Guatemala created Worry Dolls many generations ago as a remedy for worrying. According to the Mayan legend, when worrying keeps a person awake, he or she tells a worry to as many dolls as necessary. Then the worrier places the dolls under his or her pillow. The dolls take over the worrying for the person who then sleeps peacefully through the night. When morning breaks, the person awakens without the worries that the dolls took away during the night.  After reading the story we made our own Worry Dolls. Lots of the children have said that they have placed their worry dolls under their pillows to take away any worries that they might have.
Over the next 2 weeks in school we are focusing on developing healthy minds through lots of wonderful picture books. Our assemblies and lessons for the first two weeks will focus on these books which will help us to think about our thoughts, our busy minds, our feelings and how to deal with our emotions when we are feeling worried, sad, cross or anxious! As you do not have the books at home we have shared the links below so you can listen as someone reads it to you. Listen carefully to the words in the books and enjoy the lovely illustrations. I have attached below a grid with the activities we will be doing for each of the books.  We will be looking at one book over 2 two days and focusing our learning around the book.  If you are at home at the moment isolating you can complete the activities that we are doing in school at home.  I will also attach the templates we are using for some of the activities in class for you to use at home.  We will be starting off with the book 'Silly Billy'.
The Spaghetti and Marshmallow Challenge

The Spaghetti and Marshmallow Challenge!

 

The children were set a task in groups to make the tallest tower they could only using spaghetti and marshmallows that would stand up on its own.  This proved to be an very tricky and sticky task!  The children came up with lots of very different ideas for their towers.  The winning team produced a well thought out structure and worked extremely well together as a team.  Proving that Together Everyone Achieves More.

Fruity Friday!

 

As part of our knew science topic this term about being healthy each Friday will be 'Fruity Friday' in Discoverer's Class.  We will be tasting a new fruit each week that the children perhaps haven't tried before.  This week we tried a Mango.  The children had to use their 5 senses to come up with adjectives to describe the mango.  Here are some of the adjectives they came up with: firm, tangy, sweet, juicy, fizzy, squishy, green,orange, round,smooth.  I was extremely impressed that all the children tried the mango and that nearly all of them said that they really enjoyed it and would love to eat a full one again.  Look out next week for our next taste sensation!

 

 

Welcome Back Discoverers' Class!

 

I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and that you are looking forward to being back at school.  I certainly am as we have a very exciting term ahead full of lots of fun activities! Mrs Hill and myself have been busy getting our classroom all ready for you.  I am excited to see the year 3 children that were already in Discoverer's class and welcoming the new year 2 children into our class.  We also have two new year 3 children to welcome into our class.  Over the next two days we will be going through any changes and getting to know each other again as it has been a long time since we were all in school together.  I know that lots of you might be a bit worried about coming back to school (me and Mrs Hill are also a bit nervous), so for the first 2 weeks we will be reading some book all about ur emotions and doing lots of fun activities based on them that will help us all to deal with some of these worries or other feelings we might have at the moment or have had during this strange period in our lives. 

 

I will be meeting you at the main gate in the mornings as this where your parents will be dropping you off and picking you up.  Other classes will be using different entrances. School will look a little bit  different as the new building work has started. I can't wait for the the transformations especially what is planned for our new classroom.

 

See you all very soon

 

Mrs Howarthsmiley

Over the summer you should have received the postcard below from me.  If for some reason you haven't received it I have put a copy on here so that you can complete the tasks I have set,  I am looking forward to looking at your phoyographs/pictues this week and next and using the pebbles alongside the emotions books we will be reading.

A short message from Mrs. Howarth to Discoverer's Class

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To Discoverer's Class old and new

 

Words can not express how much I have missed seeing all of you together in our classroom each day. I realise this drastic change wasn’t easy, but I am extremely proud of all of you and what you have been doing at home.  I hope you have been able to spend more time with your family and have enjoyed not having to set your alarms every day!

 

All of you have impressed me more than you will ever know. I am proud of your flexibility, positivity and resilience during these crazy times. Although this wasn’t the ending we were expecting those children moving up to year 4 please know that I will miss you immensely and please pop your heads in to see me as you progress through the school.

 

I am looking forward to teaching the current year 2’s in year 3 next year and welcoming the current Year 1 children into Discoverer’s class.  Myself and Mrs Hill (who will be your TA next year) have lots of exciting things planned.

 

Hooray the summer holidays are here.  What exciting things will you do over the summer? I have attached a grid of summer activities for you to do over the holidays.  Those in my class next year look out for something through your doors with a summer challenge that I would like you to do before we come back to school. l will continue to miss you over the next six weeks. I hope you and your families all have a wonderful summer! You deserve it! I am looking forward to seeing you in September.

 

Love Mrs Howarthsmileyheart

Can you guess the member of St. John's staff from their baby photographs? Check your answers to see if you guessed right towards the end of the power point! GOOD LUCK and NO CHEATING!!

Some fantastic work that has been sent in over the last 2 weeks. It is great to see all of the things you have been doing. Please keep sending them in as they always put a smile on my face.

Take a look at some of last weeks home learning.

I have loved receiving all of your letters and emails this week they have really cheered me up. If you haven't sent one yet please do. Here are some of them.

Some of the 'Great Discoverer's Bake-Off' delicious creations that I have been sent so far. Keep checking here for more being added as I receive more. Who will get a Hollywood handshake?

Hi Discoverer's 

 

I am sorry that I am late writing to you all this week but I was busy in school at the beginning of the week.  On Friday and Monday we were all getting everything ready for more children coming back to school.  One of my jobs was painting lines 2 metres apart on the playground for lining up and at the school gates for drop off and pick-up just like there is at the supermarkets,  I ended up with paint all over me and Mrs Hill (who was measuring for me) forgot and stood in the paint which was very funny!!  The classrooms also look very different and we are now in our own 'Bubbles'.  On Tuesday more keyworker children came back to school and hopefully  some children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will be joining us soon too.  I am hoping that I will get chance to see you too before the summer holidays.  It was lovely to see Lucinda and her mum on Friday on my way to school walking her dog.  I have also received lots of e-mails from you all this week which was lovely.  If you haven't sent an e-mail,postcard or letter yet please do.

 

Keep up the baking I have had some great pictures of your amazing creations this week.  They look delicious!! We have been baking again this week too.  We made chocolate chip cookies and raspberry ripple buns.  We have also had lots of BBQ's and made the most of the fantastic weather we have been having.

 

I hope you are all keeping well and safe and remember to send me pictures of what you have been doing at home.  Take a look below at what some of you have been up to this week.

 

Love  Mrs Howarth xx

Happy Birthday Anya! Wow 'Anya Fest' looks amazing you look like you had lots of fun. Please can I have an invite next year?

I have loved seeing some of your science experiments. Keep up the good work!

It is great to see you having fun in the sun aswell as completing your home learning

READING CHALLENGE - It is great to see you all reading and I love the different places that you have found to read. Keep checking here for more photos as I will add others to this slideshow as I receive them.

Hello again Discoverers

 

I hope you are all still well and keeping safe.  Well this week should have been half term and I'm sure that many of you had lots of plans for things to do with your families or perhaps going on holiday.  We should have been in New York this week.  Mr Howarth should have been working over there and me and the girls were joining him for the week and going to stay with his brother and family who live over there.  Hopefully the sun will shine this week and we can all enjoy doing lots of activities outside.  

 

I was in school for some of the time this week and we were still at Boarshaw.  However, we are moving back to St John's this week so that we can prepare for more children returning over the next few weeks. I am really missing seeing your smiley faces in the morning, hearing you laughter filling our classroom and hearing all about what you have been up to when you rush to my desk in a morning to tell me your news.  

 

I have loved all the pictures you have sent me this week of your home learning. I have also been amazed by some of the pictures that you have sent in of your baking for our 'GREAT DISCOVERER'S BAKE OFF'.  Please keep sending these in -  you never know you may even get a 'Hollywood Handshake' and there will be a prize at the end for the best entry.  We have been busy baking again at the Howarth household (well Isabel and Marisa have I am not allowed in the kitchen anymore until they unveil their latest creations which I have to say always taste delicious!)  This week we have had salted caramel cupcakes. It was also my Uncle Frank's 85th Birthday so the girls made him a very special birthday cake which he loved.

 

I hope you all have a lovely Bank holiday weekend and keep sending in your pictures so that I can see what you have all been doing. 

 

Love 

 

Mrs Howarthsmiley

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is lovely to see some of the work you have been doing and some of the other things you have been up to last week.

Hello again Discoverer's

 

I hope you have all had a good week.  I have loved seeing all of the pictures that you have sent in of things you have been up to at home.  I especially loved seeing the science experiments that some of you have done and the pictures of you reading in different places.  Please keep sending these in and check on the slideshow under the heading reading challenge on our page for your pictures. 

 

This week is  Mental Health Awareness week and the theme is kindness.  I think that at the moment it is essential that we look out for each other and show little acts of kindness to make sure that people are ok and coping with the situation.  I have attached a similar RE activity all about kindness to the one we did last week on courage.  I hope that lots of you try some of these activities.

 

I was in school last week at Boarshaw with the children from our school that are still attending.  We did lots of fun things and even decorated some cakes making our own multi-coloured butter cream with an electric mixer.  

 

Whilst I have been in school my daughters have still been baking.  Infact the cakes they made this week were the best yet.  They made some butterfly buns with jam and cream in them and then they tried a new recipe for 'Blueberry cheesecake cupcakes' which were delicious! I have put some pictures of them below.

 

All of this baking and seeing all the things you have been making at home made me think that we should have our very own 'Great Discoverer's Bake Off'  All you have to do is send in a picture of the things you bake at home by Monday 1st June.  You may even be lucky enough to get a  Hollywood Handshake!

 

Happy Baking

 

Mrs Howarthsmiley

 

 

Who will be the first to get a 'Hollywood Handshake'?

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Last weeks home learning Superstar is Adam, I love your maths. Can you 'figure out' Adam's answers?

Lucinda has been very busy again this week. Can you work out her' maths of me'?

Some great pictures have been sent in of some of you doing the science experiments on last weeks grid

Wow Poppy you have been very busy tie dying lots of clothes. Your washing line looks like a rainbow - I look forward to seeing you wearing some of your new designer t-shirts. Perhaps you can make me one too!!

Amelia's favourite work last week was her RE work on courage and learning all about Florence Nightingale - she wants to be a nurse now which is fantastic!

It is lovely to see lots of you exercising and learning new skills

VE DAY CELEBRATIONS

 

It is lovely to see all of the work that you have done related to VE Day and how you all celebrated this momentous occasion with your familes at home.

Last weeks home learning Superstar is Lexie. She read a book under a tree and sent it to Mrs Powell for her to share with the outdoor tots group, did lots of work about VE Day and made cakes that she then delivered to her family and friends. She has displayed some great acts of kindness and has put others before herself which is amazing. Keep up the good work Lexie!

Take a look at some of last weeks home learning.

Hi Discoverer's

 

I hope you are all well and have had a lovely week in the sunshine and celebrating VE day.  Please remember to send me your pictures celebrating VE day at your house with your family so that I can put them on here for the rest of the class to see.  I have also loved the pictures you have sent me of you reading - look out for them being posted on our class page.  Anyone who hasn't sent one please send them in.  The best picture might even get a prize! It is very important that you continue to read during your time at home as it helps with everything.  It is also a great way to relax and forget about everything that is going on around you.  It can even take you to far off magical places.

 

We have had a busy week in the Howarth household and loved celebrating VE day on Friday.  We had an afternoon tea in the garden and lots of our neighbours did the same.  It was also Mr Howarth's birthday on Friday so we made him a birthday cake, special blue layered cakes (he is a Manchester City fan!)and sweets in cones with his picture on.  As a special surprise for his birthday we had also ordered him a beard and hair trimmer as over the lockdown Mr Howarth's beard had got very long and his hair was getting bigger and bushier by the day!  Luckily it arrived in time for Isabel and Marisa to give him a birthday haircut and beard trim.  He was very brave and let them do it for him - he didn't let me touch the clippers though I wonder why! 

 

Keep sending me  your pictures of what you have been doing at home I love seeing what you have been up to.  I miss you all and hope that you and your families are staying safe and making the most of this very strange situation by spending lots of time together doing things that you don't usually have time for or maybe even learning a new skill .

 

Love

 

Mrs Howarthsmiley

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Re - Worship to Go resource on Courage

Reading Challenge

 

It is really important that we keep up our reading during these challenging times.  Reading is one of the most beneficial and enjoyable activities that we can all continue to do whilst we are at home.  At my house we have been trying to set some time aside each day to read.  Isabel has re-read all of the Harry Potter series whilst we have been at home plus several other books and Marisa has been enjoying lots of David Walliams books.  I have attached some pictures of us reading in different places.  Please can you send in pictures of you reading to office@thornhamce.rochdale.sch.uk so that I can put them on our class blog.  Where is the most unusual place that you have read your book this week?  

 

I look forward to seeing you reading and hearing all about the books you have been reading.  Remember that there are also lots of eBooks and audio books available free at the moment.

 

Love

Mrs Howarth

 

 

Ollie L has already made a start on his VE Day celebration decorations. This looks amazing I can't wait to see what else you do and what everyone else does to celebrate. Remember to look at the ideas in the booklet I have attached below with this weeks homelearning grid for ways that you can decorate your home and celebrate.

Last weeks homelearning superstar is Zakarias. You have been very busy Zakarias! I love your healthy fruit salad and the 3D shape hunt you have done.

Your planting looks great Grayson. The toasted marshmallows look yummy too!

Wow you have been extremely busy this week Anya! I also loved receiving your letter, I miss you too and I want you to know that even though I can't be with you at the moment I am always there for you.

It looks like you had lots of fun setting up your own shop and using real money. I also love your Van Gough sunflower. I look forward to seeing the great things that you are doing at home each week. Keep up the good work!

Wow you have been busy writing letters, baking, making a canvas for your grandparents and making a clubhouse. I believe that you even moved out for the day! It was nice to see that you have also taken time out to enjoy the sunshine.

Theo has been very busy this week making lighthouses, creating a map with symbols and conducting a science experiment to show how water is transported in plants.

Some very creative sunflowers made by collecting things on a daily walk. I look forward to seeing the sunflowers that you have planted too!

Hello Discoverer's

 

I hope that you and your families are all keeping well and that you have been doing lots of learning and other fun things this last week in lockdown.  The weather hasn't been as good this week but not as bad as it was originally forecast so in the Howarth household we have still been able to go out for our daily walks and bike rides.  I have loved looking at the pictures that you have sent me showing me what you have all been up to.  It always cheers me up to seeing your smiley faces and all the hard work you are putting into your home learning.  This weeks homelearning grid is themed around VE day which is being marked as a special bank holiday this year on Friday 8th May.  We will be double celebrating at our house this week at this is also Mr Howarth's birthday.  I thought that as the celebrations that had been planned for this day to mark this special moment in history can't go ahead because of lockdown that us in Discoverer's class could have our very own stay at home/virtual parties.  I have created a booklet which is below to help you to prepare for your own home/virtual celebrations on Friday.  I would love to see lots of pictures of you celebrating with your families so please send them to office@thornhamce.rochdale.sch.uk  We are going to have an afternoon tea in our garden if the weather is nice enough and decorate our house.  We have also started to practice some of the wartime dances that I have put on your homelearning grid!!

 

I hope you have a great party and enjoy the rest of your week in the sunshine.  Remember that I am thinking of you all and can't wait until we are all back together again at school.  

 

Mrs Howarthsmiley

 

 

Please find below a calendar for May sent by Edstart with a PE exercise that you can do everyday to keeo fit.  You could involve the whole family!

 

Anyone who has given the exercises a do can get a certificate at the end of the month.  Happy exercising!

 

Hi Discoverers

 

I hope you are all keeping well and have had a lovely week in the sunshine.  We have had a good week in the Howarth household, when we haven't been working and home schooling we have done lots of things to keep busy.  We have been on lots of walks, bike rides, playing in the garden and making the most of the weather.  We have done some gardening, had a BBQ, done some science experiments and 7 months after we moved in eventually sorted our garage!  Isabel and Marisa have done lots more baking and every week they also make a cake for their grandad to enjoy and then we drop it off when we take him his weekly shopping.

 

On the pictures below you can also see that my eldest daughter (Isabel) made us mussels this week under the supervision of her dad.  They bought them from the fishman in a van that comes to our street every Friday, then they washed and prepared them and cooked them in a mariniere sauce.  They were delicious!!  Marisa has been mastering the art of making an omelette for our breakfast.  Have you learnt to cook anything new whilst you have been at home?  If so please send me your pictures I would love to see them as cooking is a fantastic life skill to have. 

 

On Saturday we had a cinema evening.  As you can't go to the cinema we tried to bring the cinema experience to our lounge. We had a carpet picnic with hot dogs, nachos and lots of goodies and watched the new 'Trolls World Tour' movie.  I would recommend it if you haven't already seen it.  On Sunday we usually go to our local Italian restaurant for a meal but we haven't been able to go recently so we were delighted when we heard that they are now doing a delivery service.  We decided that we would order some food, all get dressed up and pretend that we were going out for a meal.  Isabel and Marisa did their nails and even made Mr Howarth wear a suit!!  I think the man that delivered the food wondered what we were doing all dressed up.  

 

Good luck with all of your learning this week and remember to send me lots of pictures to office@thornhamce.rochdale.sch.uk It is lovely to see what you have all been up to.  Take a look below at all the exciting things that children in Discoverer's class have been doing last week.  I miss you all very much and hope to see you all very soon. 

 

Love Mrs Howarth

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Why not try some of these active maths challenges. How many can you complete by the end of the week?

Last weeks home learning Superstar is Lucinda. I love all the planting that your have been doing. Keep sending us pictures of the things you have planted growing.

This is a great piece of artwork Ollie. It is just like our perseverance display in the classroom, well done!

Wow this is an amazing rainbow, I love all of the symbols you have used!

Some great work to celebrate Anzac Day in Australia

Some more great examples of home learning from last week. Keep up the good work and remember to send me your pictures of what you have been doing.

 

From Monday, April 20, parents will be able to access up to 180 lessons a week. The lessons will provide education for all school year groups from Reception through to year 10 and will be taught via a new Government-backed online platform, the Oak National Academy. The scheme, which has been set up by teachers and funded by the Department of Education, is set to provide video lessons for students, with each lesson arriving with a quiz and worksheet to go with it.

 

https://www.thenational.academy/

Here are this week's spellings and home learning grid- happy learning! Don't forget to send us pictures of your learning/creations!

This weeks home learning superstar is Anya. I love your tent to keep you shaded whilst you are working. We might put ours up at home this week too!

This looks like a very cool way to work.
Enjoying the sunshine whilst learning
A very inventive rainbow
A super piece of dot artwork

Take a look at some more fantastic home learning from this week. Remember to send me pictures of what you have been doing.

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter and not eaten too many Easter eggs!! I am in school this week and have managed to speak to lots of you on the phone.  It was lovely to hear your voices because it is very strange and quiet in school without everyone in.  Since school closed I have been keeping in contact with Miss Melling to make sure that she is keeping well and I know that she has been missing coming into our class and seeing all of your smiley faces.  When I was in school this week I thought it would be nice to pay her a socially distanced visit.  The children that are in school all made a large banner for us to hold to tell her how much we are missing her and we took a plant for her that we had planted 3 weeks ago during the first week that school was closed.  She was very pleased to see us all,smiley  I think we made her day!  

This weeks home learning superstar is Theo for his fantastic Koala in its Habitat. Can you soot the Joey?

Some examples of home learning this week

A little message from the staff

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Good Morning Discoverers

 

I hope you have all had a good week and managed to complete the activities form the home learning Grid.  The new grid below is for the Easter holidays.  Please still try to complete the blue squares daily so that you can keep in your routine.  The rest of the activities are based on an Easter theme and hopefully you will have fun doing these with your families over the next 2 weeks.  There is also some sheets underneath that you can print off or use as examples to make your own time capsule about what is happening in the world at the moment so that you can look back in years to come at what you were doing and what it was like.  We have done one at my house.

 

I have been at home this week and it has been lovely to spend time with my family between working from home and helping my girls with their home learning.  We have been on lots of walks, bike rides (not me, I walked alongside), done lots of baking and even managed a BBQ yesterday! I am hoping for some good weather again this week as I should have been going to Spain on Thursday.  I will have to get Mr Howarth to cook me lots of Spanish food and sit in my garden instead.  I hope you all have a lovely week, I am missing you all lots and love seeing the work you have been doing.  Remember to email in some examples of your work to office@thornhamce.sch.uk

 

Adios, Hasta luego

 

Mrs Howarth

Some other great examples of work done last week

Last weeks home learning superstar is Molly for her Kandinsky inspired artwork

Goodbye and Good Luck Miss Flynn

 

Unfortunately Miss Flynn is leaving us today to embark on a new adventure.  She is starting a college course in September so that she can become a Social Worker.  Even though we are all very sad to see her go and we will miss her greatly I am sure that you will all join me in wishing her all the best in the future.  She has promised that she will stay in touch with us and come and visit.

 

 

Look at the amazing rainbow that Ollie has made at home and his flower art.  Remember to send in some examples of the work you have been doing to office@thornhamce.sch.uk

Message from Mrs Howarth

 

I hope that you have all managed to complete the activities on last weeks home learning grid.  I have missed seeing your smiley faces this week in school.  I have been in school this week working with some of you doing lots of fun activities.  We have done Joe Wicks every morning in school and I hope you have too.  I don't know about you and your parents but my legs have been aching a bit after doing it!! It has been lovely to seen some of you with your families walking up and down the lane whilst we were playing outside in this lovely weather.  When I get home I have been doing lots of work with my girls who are doing their school work too.  We have also been doing lots of baking, going for walks and playing in the garden.  This weeks learning and spellings are below.  Good Luck with your learning and remember to stay home and stay safe.  I can't wait until we are back together again.

Our home learning Superstar in Discoverer's Class last week goes to Amelia for her amazing RE work,

PHONICS INFORMATION
Fantastic news!  The phonics scheme we follow at St. John's are going to do daily phonics sessions LIVE. I reccommend Year 2 children to do the set 3 sessions. Follow this link and it will take you to the YouTube channel. More information about times are given on the link below.

Ruth Miskin have also uploaded some of our home reading books onto the Oxford Owl. There is more information about how to access these through the link below also.

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/coronavirus-covid-19-update/

Below are a range of useful websites for your child to access whilst learning from home. I hope you find these useful x

To all of my Discoverers.  I hope you are all staying well and staying safe and that you have managed to have a lovely weekend.  It will seem strange not seeing each other today and I will miss you but it is much better for you to stay at home.  I hope you have all put your rainbows of hope up in your windows to show that just like in the Noah's Arc Bible story there is hope at the end of the storm.  Please find below this weeks learning grid.  Just like last week the blue parts are daily activities for you to do and the orange are weekly activities for you to complete in your home learning books that you took home.  I have also attached this weeks spellings for you to practice then get someone at home to test you on these on Friday.  Good luck with your learning and please send any pictures in of you completing activities so that I can put them on this page. 
In the unfortunate cases where children are not able to attend school but are still well in themselves please help them to continue on their learning journey by completing the activities in the grid below. The activities in blue should be completed daily and those in orange are one off activities. We have also set a whole school 'Dippy' challenge too. You will also find below the Dippy Enquiry walk booklets for each Key Stage to support your child in completing their project.  A new class specific grid will be uploaded each week by the class teacher in the event that children may have further time off school. 

On Friday we got a special delivery In Discoverers class.  We received a large box marked fragile.  When we opened it we were shocked to find a possum.  There was also a letter inside explaining who had sent us the possum and giving us .

 

The letter was as follows:-

 

G'day!

 

I am a park ranger in Australia and I have sent you one of my possums.  I would also like to hire you as my new researchers

You will need to research possums and write a report for me.

You will use your research to help you to care for the possum that I have sent. His name is Bush.  Therefore, it is very important that you pay close attention to facts regarding their physical characteristics, habitat, life cycle and diet.

 

Kind regards

 

Park Ranger Pete

In Geography we have made river models in groups.  We made the models out of salt dough then painted them.  We then labelled the different features and presented our models to the rest of the class.
In our science lessons this week we made 2 different types of boat made out polystyrene.  One was powered by a propeller made out of an elastic band and a lollystick and the other was powered by a balloon and a straw.  We wanted to find out which force would make our boats go faster and which would make it go furthest.  We had great fun testing our boats out on the water!
We made clouds out of shaving foam. The shaving cream represents the clouds and the water represents the air. The colored water represents rain. As the colored water saturates the “cloud”, it gets heavy and eventually is so heavy that it can no longer hold the water. It “rains” down into the jar – through the “air.” It is just like real rain falls through the air.

In our topic lesson the children were asked the following questions - Why does it rain?  How do clouds happen? We then read the story 'The Drop Goes Plop'  and found out all about the water cycle.  We then made our own water cycles in a plastic zippy bag and hung them in the window of our classroom to observe over the next few days.

 

The next day we could see droplets of water sticking to the side of the bag.  Some of these were up high (in the clouds) while other droplets were on their way back down (like rain).

Why is this happening?  It's because the water in the bag is being heated up against the sunny window. That water turns into a gas through the process called evaporation.  In nature, evaporated water vapor goes into the atmosphere, but in our bag, it has nowhere to go, so it ends up sticking to the sides of the bag, turning back into a liquid as condensation.  That condensed water when it becomes too heavy then slides back into the pool of water below as "rain".

 

You could create your own water cycle zip lock bag at home so that you can see the water cycle progress and ask your child to explain what is happening.

In maths the year 3 children have been looking at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and sorting them according to their properties.
In maths the year 3 children have been looking at  3D shapes, recognising their properties and how to make them from their nets.
On Wednesday this week following our investigations into the strange happenings in our classroom and then interviewing eye witness characters from the book 'Tuesday' we were given a very important task.  As the children entered the classroom they were told that they were no longer pupils at St John's Thornham they were now journalist working for Discoverers News.  They were given a deadline of Friday to write a Newspaper report about what happened last Tuesday.  Keep checking this page foe some examples of their work.

Editor of Discoverers News gives her journalists a task

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After looking and the wordless picture book 'Tuesday' by David Wiesner then watching an animation created for this book we now think that the strange creatures that visited our classroom were frogs!  This week we have done lots of hot seating activities and witness statements for the characters in the book.  I wonder what will happen next Tuesday?
On Tuesday night strange things happened in Discoverer's Classroom.  When Mrs Robertson drove up the lane to school on Wednesday morning she saw strange shadows floating in the sky.  She described these strange objects as flat with a bump on top.  When she went into Discoverer's classroom she found lillypads and water everywhere! The windows were also wide open She had definately locked all the windows and doors the night before .)  Mrs Worsley also saw these strange shadows hovering above the lane and took a photo with her phone.  When she arrived at school she also noticed that the gate was open and that some things had been moved and knocked over.  When she checked the security cameras all she could see was the mysterious creatures swooping and circling around school.  Discoverer's have set up a Crime Scene Investigation board , interviewed the eye witnesses and made notes in their evidence books in an attempt to solve this mystery.

We have been finding out all about expeditions to the Antarctic regions and we researched Robert Falcon Scott adventures in 1901 and 1910. He was very brave to go out in conditions where it is difficult for humans to survive and eventually he died out in Antarctica. He was truly committed to finding out more about Antarctica and his work there has helped people learn more about the conditions there. 

 

We thought about what we might need if we were to go on an expedition there. We know that animals and people cannot live in Antarctica as it is too cold and there would be nothing to eat! It is hard to imagine how cold it is there! We also know that Inuits do not live in the South Pole so building an igloo only happens in the North Pole. We did talk about the ice and held some for as long as we could in our hands. We talked about what it would be like to build an igloo and we all tried to make one from ice! It didn't last long because it melted with the heat in the classroom. We did try to make an igloo that would stand up but used marshmallows instead of ice cubes. It was a bit of a challenge but with team work and perseverance (and a few cocktail sticks) each group managed to build an igloo!

We have been having lots of fun in Maths this week practising our multiplication skills. We have used a hoop to help us get better at saying our 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables. We also used lots of different objects to create arrays which helped us to find the product of the multiplication questions in the 3, 4 and 6 time tables. Arrays help us to find the answer if we do not know the time tables off by heart. 
Our Science question for this half term is- How does blubber keep animals warm? We all took part in a 'blubber investigation' to help us really feel how blubber can retain the heat in our bodies. The extra layer of fat helps keep mammals warm in icy waters. Have a look at us putting our hand in icy water and then putting our hand in a bag of lard before putting it in the icy water. We found out that our hand stayed warm with the lard wrapped around it. 

The festival of Sukkot is a Jewish celebration. It occurs between September and October.

Jewish families build a shelter in their garden that they will have their meals and pray in for the week of Sukkot. It helps them remember the time when Jews were slaves in Egypt and Moses led them to freedom. A sukkah is a three sided shelter with an open roof to see heaven.

Look at our paper models of our sukkots.

We had a fantastic time at the woods where we stepped back in time to the stone age.  We became hunter gatherers for the day and even ate the fish we cooked on the open fire.  We made traps to catch animals, made our own harpoons out of natural materials to catch fish, then we used our harpoons to catch fish in the stream.  Finally we cooked the fish on an open fire and tasted it.  Everyone tried the fish which was amazing to see and most thought it tasted delicious!

Welcome Back Discoverers' Class

 

I hope that you have all enjoyed your summer holidays and are ready for the busy and exciting term we have ahead. This term Discoverer's will be travelling back in time to the Stone Age.  As we journey back to this primitive age we will look at the people and animals that lived during this time, their dwellings and the things they did and made.  I have 'hunted and gathered' for some fun activities for us to do over the next few weeks, which will ROCK your world!

Mr Twit's potion for the 'Dreaded Shrinks'

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Today in maths Discoverer's class were sent a video message from Mr Twit with a special task linked to the capacity work they have been doing all week

Making our own scarecrows to protect our growing salad and vegetables.

This week we have been making our own wormeries

 

Wormery is a simple, clean and efficient way of turning ordinary organic kitchen waste into nutrient rich liquid plant feed and excellent organic compost. Essentially through the action of a colony of composting worms the waste is neutralised and 'speedily' processed into compost,  The children have really enjoyed studying worms this week and finding out how useful they are.  We will be observing what is happening in out wormeries over the next couple of weeks and recording our findings in our science books.

Discoverer's Wormeries

Here are some of the fantastic Titanic models that the children have made at home off the homework grid.

Titanic

Discoverers are very excited about their new topic - The Titanic and have been busy finding out lots of facts about the infamous ship.  We will become history detectives and try to find out who really was responsible for sinking the unsinkable ship.

 

Chinese Celebration Day

To mark the end of our topic on Ancient China and Dragons, Discoverers class invited their parents into class for the afternoon to share with them some of the things they have been doing over the last half term.  We had an amazing time and would also live to thank all the parents, grandparents and carers who came in to celebrate with us.

 

We sang 2 of the song that we have been learning with Mrs Purser in music - 'The Dragon Song' and 'Puff the Magic Dradon'

 

 

We performed some of the talk for writing we had done. One was from when we were writing a set of instruction - How to lure a fire dragon and the other was for a description about our own made up dragons.
We then performed the Chinese Dragon Dance that we had done in PE. 
Parents, Grandparents and carers joined the children to take part in a scavenger hunt all about Chinese New Year.  The competition was on! I don't know who was more competitive the children or the adults!! 

Chopstick Challenge

 

The children all took part in a chopstick challenge. I was very impressed with how well they all did.

We ended the afternoon with the children using their chopsticks to sample some Chinese noodles.  We were also lucky enough for a Chinese take-away to donate lots of prawn crackers and fortune cookies for everyone to try.  We all had a fantastic afternoon!

Science Week

 

In Discoverers class we have been reading the book 'The Snow Dragon' by Vivian French.  Following on from this book about a world divided into two - the North and the South. The southern half is ruled by evil Fire Dragons and the north is controlled by peace-loving Snow Dragons. In between the two halves live the Twolegs people. A special book known simply as 'Book' contains a set of instructions on how the world works. The Fire Dragons get hold of Book and cause 'The Happening', which destroys the land and forces the Twolegs to live underground to protect themselves from the Fire Dragons. However, a little Twoleg boy called Tuft joins forces with a Snow Dragon to save the world from the Fire Dragons by entering their volcano.  This book then inspired us to create our own volcanoes.  In groups the children designed their volcano which had to be made out of natural materials.  They then made a bases for their volcanoes out of salt dough.  

We used our designs to create our volcanoes using natural materials.

The Volcanoes Erupted

 

We added the vinegar, baking soda and red food colouring to the bottle that was inside our volcanoes.    We then waited to see what would happen.  We were very excited to see that our volcanoes erupted!! We then found out that this was caused by a chemical reaction between the vinegar and the baking soda.  When they mix together they create a gas called carbon dioxide.  Carbon dioxide is the same type of gas used to make fizzy drinks fizzy, We then considered and discussed this question - What happens if you shake a fizzy drink? The gas gets very excited and tries to spread out.  There is not enough room in the bottle for the gas to spread out so it leaves the opening very quickly causing an eruption!

The Stations of the Cross

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In Re with Mrs Purser this term we have been learning all about Easter and Easter symbols. To complete this unit of work the children were each given one of the stations of the cross and an area of the school grounds to read out their part. The children then walked around all of the stations listening to each other read out the different parts of the Easter story. Here are some of the clips of the children reading at their station.

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Terracotta Army

 

Today we have be learning all about the Terracotta Army, the buried army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.  We then made our own Terracotta warriors out of clay adding individual details to them just like the ancient sculptures.  The children's creations are amazing and almost as impressive as the real thing!

Our science lesson this week was intercepted by an alien from Dock 5 called Zinnia.  She wants to set up a hotel on her planet for humans to go and visit their planet.  She has heard that a lot of human foods come from plants and would like us to investigate what plants need in order to grow strong and healthy and she would also like us to find out about the different parts of a plant that we eat.We have set up an investigation to see how important certain factors are for growing a healthy plant.  Each group is looking at a different factor.  They are investigating light, water, air, space, warmth and soil and how if they change the amount of this factor the plant gets will it effect the plants growth.  This will help Zinnia to see if they have the correct requirements to grow plants on Dock 5.

 

 

We looked at various plant foods to identify the part of the plant that we eat, for example celery is the stem, cauliflower is the flower, parsnip is the root, kale is the leaves, sweetcorn in the seed.  We then made a plant out of the food and labelled it.
We have made a Chinese dragon so that we can perform our own dragon dances in PE.  
We came into the classroom today to find that the dragon had laid a black speckled egg and left behind what looked like shiny green dragon scales or skin.  We are now looking after the dragon egg in the hope that it will hatch.  Watch this space.....
Mrs Worsley interupted our lesson today to tell us that there had been some BREAKING NEWS.  Dragons have been sighted in Louisville, USA.  We watched the news clip and were shocked at what we saw.  As expert Dragonologists we know not to fear the dragons and do them no harm.  We need to be couragious and brave and record all of our findings in our Dragon evidence books.  We have left some jewels in our classroom tonight in the hope that we can lure a dragon here.
This morning when we came into the classroom we found some strange things.  The chairs were knocked over, the windows were wide open and there was a strange circle made out of rocks in the corner.  In addition to this most of the jewels that we had left had disappeared with only a few of them in the middle of the stone circle.  The children think that the stone circle is perhaps a dragon nest.  Mrs Hunter also told us that when she arrived this morning some of the slates had come off the roof and that she had called workmen in to fix it.  The workmen informed Mrs Worsley that they had found strange scratch marks and scorch marks on the roof.

Welcome back Discoverers Class

We have lots of fun things planned this term.  Our topic is 'Here be Dragons'.  We will become expert Dragonologists and also learn about Ancient China.  Watch this Space.....

We have continued this term to study the artist LS Lowry.  Our artwork has built up over a number of weeks.  We have looked at primary and secondary colours as Lowry only used primary colours and black and white in his paintings.  We have practised the skills of drawing terraced houses, churches and factories using a ruler in the style of Lowry and finally made print blocks based on a photograph of ourselves in a Lowery-esque pose. Here are some of our finished masterpieces.
In PE Discoverers have been doing hockey.  They have enjoyed  learning the skills then putting what they have learnt in practice during real games.
In science this term we have been learning all about Light and Shadows.  We have been discovering through active investigation that without light you cannot see and that dark is the absence of light.  We have also learnt through investigation that light travels in straight lines and looked more closely at the nature of white light through a number of practical activities. 

Owl Pellet Investigation

We looked around our local area to see if we could find any evidence of nocturnal animals.  We found out that there must be an owl living at our church - St John's Thornham.  There was lots of evidence of owl pellets on the steps.  Mrs Powell kindly brought us some samples into class so that we could see what was inside an owl pellet.  After researching owls we had found out that owls don't have any teeth so they swallow their food whole! Therefore they can't digest the bones,teeth and fur of their prey.  These “extra” parts are formed into a tight PELLET inside the owl and are then are later SPIT UP by the owl.

Inside the owl pellets that we looked at we found  tiny teeth,bones and fur.  The children were amazed to discover this. 

Fun in the snow

While the World is Sleeping

 

On Tuesday night as part of our new night time topic Discoverers came back to school at night wearing their pyjamas.  We all brought a teddy, a torch and a mug to help us with the activities that Mrs Howarth had planned.  We learnt all about nocturnal animals.  First we played a game where we had to guess the nocturnal animal sounds.  Then we went on a scavenger hunt looking for nocturnal animal facts with only our torches to light the way.  When the children entered the hall they couldn't believe their eyes!  There was a hug inflatable planetarium waiting for them.  We all went inside to learn more about night time before snuggling up with a hot chocolate and biscuits whilst they listened to a bedtime story - "While the World is Sleeping". We all had a fantastic time and enjoyed seeing what school was like in the evening.  

Our Night time adventure at school

What we have found out about Christmas in Spain

 

In Discoverers Class we have learnt all about Christmas in Spain – ‘Navidad En Espagne’. We found out that in Spain as well as Christmas day, there is another festival that is celebrated that is about the Christmas Story. It is called Epiphany and is celebrated on 6th January. In Spanish, Epiphany is called Los Reyes de Magos': in English this means 'The festival of the three Kings’. Epiphany celebrates when the Kings or Wise men brought gifts to the baby Jesus. Children receive some presents on Christmas Day from Father Christmas, but most are received at Epiphany, when the Kings bring presents.

 

"Roscon de Reyes" is a traditional dessert, served the night before or morning of “Los Reyes” It is traditional to put several surprises inside the "roscon." In class we made our own Roscon and ate it in the traditional way dipped in a thick hot chocolate. It was delicious!

 

We also found out about another Spanish tradition. 'Tio Navidad'. In a region of Spain called Catalunya the children are given a decorated log with a blanket. They receive the log on the 8th December then have to look after it like a pet until Christmas Eve.

We designed and made our own Tio Navidad. On Christmas Eve the children tap the log in the hope that their tio Navidad will deliver them sweets under its blanket.  I wonder if ours will work?

Rochdale Fire Museum

 

Discoverers class had a great time at Rochdale Fire museum thanks to Bob and his team of volunteers.  We took part in a Great Fire of London workshop to start with then had a tour of the museum.  The children were able to see historic fire engines and learn about fire fighting in Manchester throughout history.  They had a very hands on experience, being able to hand pump some of the old fire engines, try helmets and fire fighting equipment on and some even got to try to slide down a replica fire pole.

Discoverers Class Assembly

 

The children performed their story of the Great Fire of London through drama and song.  They were fantastic and I hope you all enjoyed the performance especially the bacon/sausage sandwiches afterwards!

Our Amazing Tudor Houses!

 

On Monday we had a great DT day making Tudor houses.  The children used the TASC wheel to design, make and evaluate their model.  There was glue, cello-tape, paper, boxes and straw everywhere but our finished products were fantastic!   They are now ready for us to make our very own Pudding Lane.  Will ours set on fire? Watch this space...

 

A Fantastic introduction to our new topic - The Great Fire of London

 

We had a special visit from Katherine, a maid from 1666,   She brought our topic alive by bringing in artefacts that the children could touch and study from this period.  The children became archaeological detectives finding out what the things were used for in everyday life.  They were able to handle investigate and draw the artefacts and even got to write with a real quill and ink.

Our Trip To Blackpool Zoo

 

It was fantastic to meet our adopted tiger Alyona at last!  Her stripes were no longer green and she was relaxing in the sun in her enclosure.  We gave the zookeeper our healthy eating plates and she was going to give them to Alyona to show her at feeding time.  Our name will go on the adoption plaque and the zoo will keep us updated of her progress.  We also get an educational visit from the zookeepers at school which we will do in the Spring Term.  Thank you to all the children and parents who donated money to our adoption fund.  Perhaps you will go to the zoo to visit her and see our plaque too.

Lunch at the Zoo

 

We enjoyed our lunch at the zoo whilst watching the seal ion show.  They performed lots of tricks and entertained us whilst we ate.  We did have a few unwelcome visitors though. sad The seagulls were extremely tempted by our sandwiches and tried to pinch them which was very funny.  We had to get Mrs Hill to be on seagull patrol!

 

 

Wow what an amazing day! Discoverer's class had a fantastic time on their trip to Blackpool zoo we got to see lots of fantastic animals.

Adopt the tiger fund raising day.

 

Thank you to all parents who came to join us for our forest school activities today followed by the tasting of our delicious homemade tomato soup.  The children had a great afternoon and enjoyed having lots of parents joining them.  We raised £100.00 towards adopting Alyona our tiger.

We received an email from the zoo keeper saying that Alyona was trapped in one of our traps and that they had transported her safely back to the zoo on Friday 21st September.  Unfortunately she was quite poorly and her stripes had turned green!  The zoo keeper thinks this is because of all the unhealthy food she ate at our school.  They have given her lots of medicine and expect her to make a full recovery.  She has set us a task.  She would like us to find out about how to stay healthy so that we can educate Alyona.  She would like us to go to Blackpool zoo to relay our information.  I also think it would be a great idea if we could adopt Alyona so that we can look after her properly and take care of her.

Our creative and very individual traps made out of natural materials

The children made humane traps to help the zoo keeper catch Alyona and take her safely back to Blackpool Zoo.  We are waiting for the zoo keeper to let us know if our traps have worked.  We hope she is safe and well and that we managed to help.

Evidence of Alyona the tiger in the woods

On our trip to Hopwood woods on Wednesday we found lots of evidence that the escaped tiger Alyona was close by.  We think that she must be hiding somewhere in the woods.  We saw tiger paw prints on the ground and lots of orange and black fur.  Where is she? What can we do to help?

Zoo Keeper Visits Discoverer's Class

On Tuesday a zoo keeper from Blackpool Zoo came to Discoverer's Class.  She was concerned as a tiger called Alyona had escaped from the zoo! She had heard that there had been some sightings in the area and wanted to know if the children had seen anything.  The children told the zoo keeper about the strange happenings in our classroom and that they thought it had been a tiger.  The zoo keeper got extremely worried when the children informed her about what the tiger had eaten.  So she asked the children to help her by making some Lost posters to put up around school.  The children also told the zoo keeper about their visit to Hopwood woods this week and they thought this could be where Alyona was hiding.  They then suggested that they could help her further by making some traps.  Let's hope she can catch Alyona and return her to the zoo before her stripes turn green!

Mysterious visitor in Discoverer's Classroom

This morning we discovered some strange things in Discoverer's classroom.  There had been a mysterious visitor overnight! We found lots of muddy paw prints outside leading to our classroom and even more inside (even on the sink).  We also found evidence of orange and black fur on the tables and whoever it was had made a complete mess of our room. Chairs were tipped over, tables had been moved and there was rubbish everywhere.  When we took a closer look we realised that whatever had been in the room had eaten lots of cakes, crisps, pizzas, ice-cream and biscuits and left all the empty packets on the floor.  What's more it had drank orange juice, milk, beer and there was no water left in the taps!!!  Mrs Robertson also told us that she had seen an orange shadow moving in the bushes.  We think that a tiger has paid us a visit but where is he now and where has he come from? 

Fruity Friday

 

As part of our healthy eating topic this term we are taking part in  'Fruity Fridays'.  This involves the children tasting different fruits each Friday.  This week we tasted pineapple and used our senses to describe what it tasted like, smelt like, felt like and looked like.  We also looked at where in the world pineapples come from.  Discoverers are looking forward to trying lots more exotic fruits over the coming weeks.  I wonder which ones will be their favorites?

Our First Swimming Lesson

Wow what a fantastic first swimming lesson today! I was extremely impressed and proud of all the children in Discoverers class.  This morning we had a few nervous children but all I could see during the lesson were happy smiling faces.  The instructors at Castleton Swimming Baths were great with all of the children and quickly made them feel relaxed putting them into groups to suit their ability.  The instructors were also all in the water with them helping them with their strokes and encouraging them all of the time.  It was lovely to see the children's enjoyment and enthusiasm.  I can't wait to see their improvement and confidence grow as the weeks go on.

A warm welcome to all Discoverers

 

Mrs Howarth, Mrs Williams and Mrs Witts hope that you have all had a great summer. It has been lovely to see all of your smiley faces in the last couple of days full of excitement for the year ahead. We can’t believe how much some of you have grown over the holidays. We are all looking forward to the fun things we have planned for this year and seeing your minds grow too!

 

Our first topic this half term will be based on the book ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. We will be looking at healthy eating, how to stay healthy and where our food comes from. We will be studying an Italian artist called Giuseppe Arcimboldo who is best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of fruits and vegetables. I hope we can create some amazing ones ourselves!! We will be tantalising our taste buds by trying some exotic fruits on ‘Fruity Fridays’ and we are going to adopt our very own tiger at the zoo then pay him a visit later on in the term.

 

So get ready for an action packed half term full of exciting activities and remember always try your best and never give up .  If you do this you will get off to a 'Roaring' start in Discoverers Class.

 

 

Look at our newly decorated classroom with new furniture ready for our new Discoverers

CHOCOLATIER VISIT FOR DISCOVERERS

As part of their ‘From Bean to Bar’ topic Discoverers had a visit from a real Chocolatier. Oliver came into school to talk to the children about how chocolate starts as a bean and the process it goes through to end up as tasty chocolate. The children learnt lots of new language reated to the process including- tempering, winowing, nibs harvesting and fermenting. The children had fun turning the melted chocolate into different shaped chocolates adding detail by piping different coloured melted chococolate through a piping bag. They took their chocolate home to enjoy!

Discoverers Class had a lovely time on their visit to Hopwood Woods on Wednesday. They enjoyed cooking sausages for lunch and marshmallows as a treat. They learnt how to pitch tents and set up a base camp.

They took part in a Treasure Hunt and made some shelters with natural materials. They all had a wonderful time!

Wow- what an amazing performance using the African Drums! You all performed brilliantly and spoke clearly and confidently about what you have been learning!

A fantastic show Scrundiddlyumptious- you all took on different characters from the story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! You learnt your lines brilliantly and sang your hearts out- you all had a smile on your face from the beginning to the end!

Thank you for continuing to follow the procedures we have put in place to protect us all from the Covid 19 virus and reduce the spread. Don't forget to wear your masks at drop off and pick up to protect our school community and keep our school open!
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